Real Name: Laird Benedict

Identity/Class: Extratemporal (Earth-63794) human

Occupation: Millionaire, farmer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Deimosans

Enemies: vegetables

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Deimos;
    formerly mobile on Earth;
Earth-Dinner Time on Deimos

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#94/2 (July, 1963)

Powers/Abilities: Laird possessed an obscene amount of wealth, but he was very lazy and detested any form of physical exertion. He formerly possessed an atomic-powered spaceship, but was a poor pilot. He could communicate with alien life forms using his set of language translation discs.

History: (Journey into Mystery I#94/2) - Laird lived in a world where peace prevailed, space travel was commonplace, and the greatest problem facing humanity was overpopulation. Due to overpopulation ever citizen had to work one day a week on a farm to provide food for the growing masses. It rankled Laird that a millionaire such as himself should have to work the fields. He bought a spaceship, and set out to find a world where he wouldn't have to work for his food. He chose the planet Deimos, and accidentally crashed his ship in his excitement. Laird was unharmed, and immediately ran towards a lush crop of vegetables. They turned out to be hostile aliens, and Laird had to flee to nearby caves. The friendly Deimosans took him in, but told him that there was a severe food shortage on the planet. Laird could share in their food, but only if he helped grow it for eight hours a day.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber.

It's unclear whether the Deimos in this story is Mars' moon or a planet of the same name.

This story was reprinted in Where Monsters Dwell#10.


Laird Benedict has known connection to:

Deimosans have no known connection to:

vegetables have no known connection to:


Peaceful race that hid in caves to avoid being attacked by the hostile vegetables. Due to a severe food shortage each member of their race was responsible for cultivating their own food.

--Journey into Mystery I#94/2





Vicious form of plant life native to Deimos. The vegetables attacked anything in that got too close to them, and also made raids on the peaceful Deimosans.

--Journey into Mystery I#94/2






Journey into Mystery I#94/2, splash page;
(Deimosans) Journey into Mystery I#94/2, p5, pan3;
(vegetables) Journey into Mystery I#94/2, p4, pan1

Where Monsters Dwell#10 (July, 1971)

Last updated: 10/28/04

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